disenfranchise disenfranchise  /dɪs ɪnf ˈræn ˌtʃaɪz/


  • (v) deprive of voting rights


  1. But in the hands of sometimes inept or partisan state officials, the database matches have become a practical nightmare that experts fear could disenfranchise thousands.
  2. The campaign against certainty is merely the philosophical veneer for an attempt to politically marginalize and intellectually disenfranchise believers.
  3. Thus, if the women voted Yes in the plebiscite, they would be voting to disenfranchise themselves; if they voted No, they would be voting against freedom for the Philippines.



  1. Clinton on Thursday said she thinks "it would be a grave disservice to the voters of Florida and Michigan to adopt any process that would disenfranchise anyone."
    on Mar 6, 2008 By: Hillary Rodham Clinton Source: CNNMoney.com

  2. "The last thing we want to do as Democrats is to disenfranchise voters," wrote Stupak, who endorsed former senator John Edwards in the primary and has remained neutral since Edwards dropped out in January.
    on Mar 31, 2008 By: Bart Stupak Source: Boston Globe (registration)

  3. "The notion that you disenfranchise a large number of people in these two states is a terrible idea," Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., told reporters on a conference call arranged by the Clinton campaign.
    on Jan 25, 2008 By: Barney Frank Source: Forbes

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/ən ˈtɛ nə bəl /